International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) yesterday gave the National Universities Commission (NUC) a 14-day ultimatum within which to revoke its suspension order on part-time programmes in Nigerian Universities or face mass action.
In its petition to the Executive secretary of NUC, dated 29th July 2012 and entitled: “Suspension of Part -time programmes in Nigerian Universities and Allied matters: Why Nigerian Universities and Access (Rights) to Tertiary Education Fail the International Basic Standard For Measurement,” Intersociety described the NUC action in that respect as unconscionable and retrogressive.
The petition, signed by the society’s Chairman of Board of Trustees and Head of Publicity, Emeka Umeagbalasi and Justus Ijeoma respectively said NUC’s action negated all known sectionsof the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and the African charter on Human Rights and the People’s rights of the African Union, 1981 as domesticated in Nigeria in 1983.
The civil rights group, which delved into history and standard data on operations of universities worldwide, attributed NUC’s unconscionable conditions for the establishment of universities as the bane of Nigerian tertiary education and poor standard.
It maintained that with over 160 million Nigerians, the 124 universities in Nigeria are not enough to satisfy the quest for university education in the country.
Intersociety averred that NUC’s suspension of part-time programmes in Nigerian universities will further plunge the country into academic oblivion.
– Nigerian Compass